Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is engaged in on-going efforts to collect water quality monitoring information for Casco Bay. In 2016, CBEP created a Casco Bay Monitoring Network to identify shared monitoring priorities among the growing number of entities who are monitoring the waters within Casco Bay and its watershed. In 2016-2017, 14 organizations provided water monitoring information for each of their programs and the parameters collected within Casco Bay. The information is available in kmz format for Google Earth and as shape files for ArcMap.
Click here for Table 1, which provides summary information on 31 monitoring programs and whether they are collecting information in the following parameter groupings: biota, nutrients, sediments, tidal wetlands, toxics, and water quality.
Click here for a map of monitoring locations by organization in Casco Bay in 2017.
Click here for kmz files (zipped) which you can add to Google Earth on your own computer to see details of the 2017 Casco Bay monitoring programs and parameters collected.
Click here for a list of the parameters included in each kmz parameter grouping.
Click here for a color code key to programs in the kmz files.
Click here for shape files (zipped) which you can add to ArcMap on your own computer to access all the details of the 2017 Casco Bay monitoring programs and parameters collected.
The Casco Bay Monitoring Plan
The Casco Bay Monitoring Network in 2018 is involved in reviewing and revising the Casco Bay Monitoring Plan.
The original plan, “Measuring Progress, The Casco Bay Monitoring Plan,” was completed in 1996 and is available here.
The 2004 revision, “Casco Bay Environmental Monitoring Program,” is available here.
A discussion of implementation of activities from the 1996 and 2004 Monitoring Plans is available here.
A discussion of State of the Bay indicators from the 1996 and 2004 Monitoring Plans is available here.
An example of another National Estuary Program’s monitoring plan, “Environmental Monitoring Plan for Delaware’s Inland Bays” is available on the website of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.